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On Sunday November 7th I took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City The Ancient Egyptian Art exhibit that was on display amazed me One of the most alluring pieces I saw was Sahure and a Nome God a gneiss high-relief statue which was created between 2458 BCE and 2446 BCE In this statue the second Egyptian King of the Fifth Dynasty Sahure sits on the throne with the small god of the Coptite Nome to his side Although the statue was quite small only sixty-four centimeters in height and forty-six centimeters in width it demonstrates many features akin to Egyptian Art Art enthusiasts can immediately notice the origin of this statue because of its rigidity an indicator of art originating in ancient Egypt Part of the reason for the stiffness of the statue of Sahure and the nome is because it was constructed in relief A relief statue is still attached to a surface or background whereas a statue that is in the round is independent and freestanding and can be seen from every angle Statues that are in high relief rise significantly from the surface while statues that are in low relief rise minimally and appear to be flat In this statue Sahure his throne and the nome rise from the stone block that makes up the background and the base of the statue in high relief This statue is a relief statue because it cannot be viewed from behind probably because it was originally carved in to a block of stone in the wall of a temple and later removed by archaeologists The inflexibility of the poses of the figures in the sculpture provides another reason for the overall rigidity of the statue In general poses of less important people in the culture depicted by ancient Egyptian statuary are more active than those of significance Most important people in Ancient Egyptian statuary are stiff Sahures position
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